Swimming teams compete at Peace

Franklin County senior guard Tyshaun Zeigler (left) defends a Salem player during a preseason match-up between the Eagles and the Spartans last week.

CARY, N.C. — Ferrum College’s men’s and women’s swimming teams completed the 2019 portion of their schedules by competing in the William Peace (North Carolina) University Fall Invitational, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 23-24 at the Triangle Aquatic Center.

The Panthers’ women’s team placed fourth in a six-team field; the Panthers’ men’s squad finished fourth in a five-team field.

Guilford (North Carolina) College edge William Peace by three points, 176-173, to capture top team honors in the women’s competition. Randolph College (84) was third, followed by Ferrum (61), Warren Wilson (North Carolina) College (23) and Greensboro (North Carolina) College (1).

William Peace bested Randolph, 160.5-139.5, to take top team laurels in the men’s competition. Greensboro (102) was third, followed by Ferrum (64) and Warren Wilson (16).

For Ferrum’s women’s team, Hunter Tharpe finished second in three events — the 200 individual medley, the 100 backstroke and the 200 backstroke — and placed third in the 200 breaststroke.

Katie Shoaf finished fourth in four events: the 50 freestyle, the 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle and 100 freestyle.

In the 50 freestyle, Shoaf competed against 22 other swimmers.

For Ferrum’s men, Taylor Darnell finished second in the 500 freestyle and 200 butterfly and was third in the 100 butterfly.

Also, Jacob Blaukovitch took third in the 200 breaststroke and Dom Philpott placed fifth in a field of 21 competitors in the 50 freestyle.

“We had a lot of impressive swims. A few of our races were right on the school records and there were numerous personal best times posted,’’ Ferrum head coach Margaret Bisnett said.

“These guys have been working really hard this season and it was great to see them showcase it at our last meet of the semester,’’ Bisnett said.

Ferrum’s men’s and women’s teams resume their seasons Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020 with a dual meets against Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) rival Virginia Wesleyan University in Virginia Beach. The start time is noon.

Boys basketball opens season with back-to-back road games

Franklin County’s boys varsity basketball team opens its 2019-2020 season with back-to-back, non-district road games next week.

The Eagles, 7-16 last year, travel to Magna Vista for their opener Tuesday and visit Patrick Henry-Roanoke for their second game Wednesday.

FCHS and Magna Vista split last year with each team winning at home, while the Patriots bested the Eagles twice.

Tom Hering begins his fifth year at the helm of the Eagles, whom he guided to consecutive Class 6 state tournament appearances in 2017 and 2018.

FCHS has a third-place region finish, a runner-up region showing and a second-place finish in the Piedmont District to its credit during Hering’s coaching tenure.

This year, FCHS makes its debut in Blue Ridge District and in Class 6 Region A.

Eleven teams are in Region A and all 11 qualify for postseason play.

Last year, the Eagles started 0-7 before ending a nine-game losing streak dating to the 2017 campaign by besting William Byrd in the consolation bracket of the Northside Invitational.

The Eagles were 1-11 before winning six of their last 11 games. They failed to qualify for the four-team Piedmont District tournament and lost to Manchester, 70-61, in the quarterfinals of the region playoffs.

Besides home-and-away games against district foes Staunton River, William Fleming, William Byrd, Lord Botetourt and Northside, the reigning Class 3 state champion, the Eagles play home-and-away non-league games against Magna Vista, Bassett, Hidden Valley and Patrick Henry, a stand-alone road game against region rival Cosby and three games in the Northside tournament.

FCHS’s girls team features a new head coach as LeBryan Patterson takes over for Tony Wright.

The Eagles open at home Tuesday against Magna Vista.

FCHS’s girls finished 10-14 in Wright’s final campaign.

The Eagles were defeated by Patrick County in the semifinals of the Piedmont District tournament and by Cosby in the opening round of the region playoffs.

Like its male counterparts, FCHS’s girls squad makes its debuts in the Blue Ridge District and in Region A.

The two finalists in an 11-team region tournament earn berths in the Class 6 state tournament.

Christian Heritage Academy boys return to action

Christian Heritage Academy’s boys basketball team resumes its 2019-2020 season Tuesday against King’s Christian Academy of Roanoke on the road.

The Knights (0-5) seek their first win of the season after setbacks to Westover Christian Academy of Danville (71-28), Dayspring Christian Academy of Blacksburg (46-43), United Christian Academy of Stanardsville (64-36), Ridgeview Christian of Stuarts Draft (62-55) and Covington Boys Home (63-54).

Football Booster Club schedules monthly meeting

Franklin County Football Booster Club has scheduled its next monthly meeting for Monday, Dec. 2 at 6 p.m.

The meeting takes place in the lecture room of the Dorothy Phelps Student Center at Franklin County High School.

The public is welcome to attend this meeting.

For information, contact club secretary Donna Wright by email: dlwright2837@gmail.com .

Johnny CASA 5K is Dec. 21

The 14th annual Johnny CASA 5 Miler and 5K Run/Walk is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 21 in Rocky Mount.

The races and the walk take the starter’s gun at 9 a.m.

Proceeds benefit the Southern Virginia Child Advocacy Center (CASA) in Rocky Mount.

Established in August 2001, the Southern Virginia Child Advocacy Center provides a comprehensive interdisciplinary response to children impacted by the immediate and long-term trauma associated with abuse and neglect.

Kevin Bowman (men’s 5K), Julianne Bowman (women’s 5K), Johnathan Seibel (men’s 5-Miler) and Wendy Grider (women’s 5-Miler) are the reigning race champions.

The course begins on South Main Street at the intersection by Rocky Mount Christian Church and Trinity Episcopal Church.

Runners begin down hill and take a left onto North Main Street. Next, they cross over the Angle Bridge and stay straight until the 5K participants turn around at the Rocky Mount Fire Department.

Competitors in the 5-Miler continue on until turning right at Benjamin Franklin Middle School where they continue until reaching turn-around point marked with signage.

Following the same route back, competitors continue past the starting point onto South Main Street.

Next competitors pass the Franklin County Courthouse, then take a right onto Floyd Avenue followed by a right on Bank Street.

The finish line is in the back parking lot of the Child Advocacy Center.

Trophies will be presented to the first, second and third-place male and female finishers for first place in men’s and women’s masters (age 40 and older).

Medals will be presented to the first, second and third place male and female finishers in these age groups: 8 and younger, 9-12, 13-17, 18-22, 23-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69 and 70 and older.

Runners are asked to register and pay electronically through www.active.com Registration prices increase on Monday, Dec. 16. All registration fees are non-refundable.

Those who register on or before Monday, Dec. 9 receive a free race t-shirt.

Information can be obtained at www.johnnycasa5miler-5kwalk.com .

Christmas Clash is Dec. 21

Franklin County Christmas Clash, staged by the Franklin County Youth Wrestling program, is set for Saturday, Dec. 21 at Franklin County High School.

The tournament is being contested in Samuel M. Hawkins-Central Gymnasium.

Cost is $25 per wrestler, $15 for an additional bracket and $3 for spectators.

On-line registration is open until Friday, Dec. 20 at 10 p.m. on the website Track Wrestling.

Weigh-ins are from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. on Dec. 21. Wrestling starts at 10 a.m.

All wrestlers must weigh-in in singlet or two piece, no socks or shoes

Format is round robin — Madison System.

The tournament director reserves the right to combine or alter divisions and weight classes.

Individual medals will be awarded to first, second and third-place finishers in each weight class.

Divisions are grades K-2, 3-5 and 6-8.

Girls divisions have been added in grades K-2, 3-5 and 6-8.

Females who register can have a second bracket in the main division for free.

“This is to insure that (girls) can still get matches even if participation is low,’’ tournament director Steven Leftwich said.

“...We want to support women’s wrestling and help it grow, so spread the word,’’ Leftwich said.

The tournament will follow Virginia High School League (VHSL) rules. Undefeated wrestler wins, regardless of points.

VHSL officials are being used to referee the bouts.

For information, call Leftwich, (540) 676-1130 or contact him by email: tournaments@fcwbc.org.

Travel team basketball tryouts are set

FERRUM - Tryouts for the 540 Elite Basketball travel team are scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 5 at the Ferrum YMCA.

Boys in the fifth, sixth and seventh grades are eligible to try out.

For information, call Sharon Blank, 352-2617.

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